Kyle Busch So You're Telling Me There's a Chance?

Erik Jones maximum-point performance last week at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, where he led a race-high 84 laps en route to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, kept the ToytoaCare Racing team mathematically alive in the quest for the 2013 owner's championship. While the chances are slim, if the No. 51 can produce another maximum-point performance with owner-driver Kyle Busch behind the wheel in Friday night's Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (HMS) and the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Racing team - which enters with a 23 point lead - finishes outside the top 20, the team will bring home Kyle Busch Motorsports second Truck Series owner's championship in its four-year existence.

 Busch enters Friday night's race with the best winning percentage of any driver in Truck Series history, winning 29.8% (34/114) of the time he gets behind the wheel. With four wins in 10 starts behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2013, the team's owner-driver has guaranteed himself at least a share of leading the Series in wins for the fourth time in his career. The talented wheelman led NASCAR's third division in wins for three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011, posting seven in '09, eight in '10 and six in '11.


In six career Truck Series starts at HMS, the Las Vegas native has produced one win (2010) and two runner-up finishes (2007 and 2012) and his 4.667 Average Finish is tops amongst drivers with at least five starts. Busch has led the most laps in four of the last five races he entered and over the last eight events at the 1.5-mile oval has led more laps (244) and produced more Fastest Laps Run (141) than any other Truck Series driver.


Essentially needing to win and lead the most laps on Friday night in order to keep the slim chance at the owner's championship alive, who better for team owner Kyle Busch to have behind the wheel than himself? The law of percentages shows that Busch has won and led the most laps in 20.1 % (23/114) of his career starts, while Crafton has finished outside the top 20 in 17.4% (55/315) percent of his career starts. So yes Lloyd Christmas, statistics show that there is a chance that both will happen on Friday night.



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